Jamille Rogers, media specialist at Marguerite Vann Elementary School, was named a winner of the "I Love My Librarian" Award. Rogers is being recognized for her exceptional contributions to the community and ongoing commitment to transforming lives through education and lifelong learning. She is one of only 10 librarians in the country this year to receive this national honor.
The American Library Association says Rogers is commended for providing valuable programs and services that bolster academic achievement for underserved students in the community. She has designed a strong school library program to ensure her students have the best chance to succeed.
Rogers manages the Distinguished Gentlemen’s Club, an intervention and empowerment program targeting low-performing male students. The program focuses on building leadership skills to change attitudes towards learning and school. As a result, the program has improved academic performance and created student leaders to be examples for others.
Rogers is a coordinator for the Arkansas Foster Grandparent Program. Retired senior citizens volunteer to work with students who need extra academic support. She identifies students for the program, works with teachers to devise individual plans and trains volunteers. Gains in student achievement have been made through the program.
Rogers will receive a $5,000 prize at an award ceremony and reception held this evening in New York City. The ceremony is hosted by Carnegie Corporation of New York, which co-sponsors the award along with The New York Public Library and the New York Times. The American Library Association administers the award through its Public Awareness Office, which promotes the value of libraries and librarians.
As part of the award process, the public is invited to nominate their favorite librarians working in public, school, college, community college and university libraries. This year nearly 1,100 nominations were submitted by library users detailing how librarians connected them to information, opportunities and critical technology to help improve the quality of their lives.